Romans 8 – The Story Behind the Song

From THE NEXT WAVE Live Worship Album – Released 18/2/18

Jordan Parratt – 3/3/2018

Romans 8 began as a slow and intimate worship song…

It was 3am and my friend Eugene and I decided that this was a great time to write a song. Softly strumming my acoustic guitar, I sang out the melody for the verses and scribbled the words down in my notebook. Then we wrote the chorus… and we had an idea! We sped it up, added a vocal run leading into the chorus and just before 4am, Romans 8 was created.

The book of Romans really inspires me. Paul explains with such clarity and power what Jesus did for us and the full confidence we can have in Him.

All I wanted to do was capture this in a song.

Death of me, by Your life.
Christ in me, I’m alive.

This is one of my favourite lines. Our old sinful selves have been crucified with Christ and through His resurrection, we are now alive to God. Romans 8:11 says it so well:

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

This is why we can be fully convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Jesus fulfilled the law on our behalf and through our faith, we are saved. “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

My prayer is that when we sing these words, that are straight out of the Word of God, that it would cause such a response of thankfulness and praise in our hearts:

So faithful, so true.
My desire, to live for You.”

– Jordan Parratt, Singer


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